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Paul of Dune

(Heroes of Dune #1)

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  6,288 ratings  ·  265 reviews
Frank Herbert's Dune ended with Paul Muad'Dib in control of the planet Dune. Herbert's next Dune book, Dune Messiah, picked up the story several years later after Paul's armies had conquered the galaxy. But what happened between Dune and Dune Messiah? How did Paul create his empire and become the Messiah? Following in the footsteps of Frank Herbert, New York Times bestsell ...more
Hardcover, First Edition, 512 pages
Published September 16th 2008 by Tor Books
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Ian Dickson No. God Emperor takes place 3,500 years later. The prequels that would have spoilers are the ones that take place between Dune and Dune Messiah. Maybe…moreNo. God Emperor takes place 3,500 years later. The prequels that would have spoilers are the ones that take place between Dune and Dune Messiah. Maybe Children of Dune. I haven't read Winds of Dune yet. Honestly, though, I'm not sure one would even know they are spoilers, unless you're reading the books out of chronological order.(less)

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M.M. Strawberry Library & Reviews
Sigh. Where do we start? The cardboard characters? The plot inconsistencies? The contradictions with Frank Herbert's books?

Again, another unnecessary addition to the Dune series. If Brian and Kevin had put all their effort into writing Dune 7 than piddling around with two prequel trilogies, then we MIGHT have a worthy read.

But no. They just couldn't stop at Dune 7 and move on to go back to writing their own original series. No. Dune is their cash cow, and they're going to milk it, by gum!

Here, w
Jun 04, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Utterly, totally, completely disappointed! :(

I very much liked Dune Chronicles #7 & #8; as for the Legends of Dune & Prelude to Dune series, I found them to be awesome. But this one...

The characters are totally different: the way Paul Atreides and the Fremens are depicted looks like the Harkonnens! No, I'm wrong. The Harkonnens were strong characters, despicable, they could make you go through the whole range of bad feelings about them. Here, Paul and Fremens are a bunch of idiots, brai
Nov 24, 2008 rated it it was ok
My slight obsession with all things Dune began back when I was thirteen when a good buddy of mine recommended to me Frank Herbert’s first Dune novel – which I promptly borrowed from my dad, who had a first printing copy – and the David Lynch cinematic adaptation which coincidentally came out mere months later. From there, I was enraptured with this future historical epic – much as I once was with Narnia and Middle-Earth.

What I loved most about Herbert’s original six-volume Dune series was how h
May 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Yes
Shelves: kja
When I first read "Dune" in 1983 I was amazed at how Frank Herbert was able to create an entire universe filled with new planets, alien races, politics and of course, religious fanaticism.

I was deeply saddened by the death of one of the greatest Science Fiction writers of all time.

Then to my delight, the team of Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson catapulted the Sci-Fi fan base back into the world of "Dune" with some of the best written and imagined stories from the early days of the Dune legacy
Sep 30, 2008 rated it did not like it
So far this is one of the most painful books ever written by Brian Herbert (Frank's son) and Mr. Anderson. I read them only because I know they are working from Frank Herbert's notes, and they do fill in useful information. But frankly, I think if they just published his notes, it would be a lot better reading. Their characterization is nearly non-existent and the dialogue is quite poor.

Final comment: Well, I finished it. God it was torture. I couldn't recommend it to anyone, even a diehard fan-
Aug 29, 2012 rated it liked it

Not nearly as bad as I thought this book would be based on reviews I had read before. I know this is going to sound blasphemous to some, but although Frank Herbert is a far superior writer, I wish there was a little more of his son Brian and Kevin Anderson in his books. Frank can be a little long winded and confusing at times. Conversely, I wish there was a lot more Frank in these new "McDune" books- there is nothing profound in this book.

But that's ok. It is what it is, and I enjoyed it as jus
Eric Lin
Dec 10, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: shit, fantasy
I mean, I didn't finish it, but I'm finished, you know what I mean? Or to quote Bean, from Shadow of the Hegemon: "You don't have to eat the whole turd to know it's not crab cake."

Super bad dialogue and poor writing really makes you feel like these aren't the characters we remembered from Dune. Don't we read sequels to get more of what we want? I don't want to read about this imposter Paul, who takes everything too seriously, and alienates everyone he talks to. I know it's supposed to be the sto
Sep 20, 2012 rated it it was ok
I don't know how many of the Brian Herbert/Kevin Anderson books I will end up reading. I love the universe, am captivated by Dune and the mythology of Maud'dib, but... as so many others have noted, this just doesn't have the same something as the original(s).

I enjoyed the subplot of the Fenrings' daughter. That part was well done, and raised some interesting questions about human cloning and biological engineering. The rest of the book, though, fell flat for me. While superficially interesting,
Aug 20, 2013 rated it did not like it
One of the worse books ever written. It really pains me to see that it was allowed to be released. It really shames the Dune series name.
Mar 29, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Like millions of other people, I loved Frank Herbert's Dune and the five sequels to it that Herbert produced. In general, I've had mixed feelings about the prequels and sequels to Frank Herbert's series of Brian Herbert and Kevin Anderson. It's not that they aren't good -- it's that many of them aren't very . . . Dune, dammit. The difference is something like that between the earliest versions of great movies, e.g., The Poseidon Adventure, and later versions, e.g.,Poseidon -- the originals grab ...more
Byron  'Giggsy' Paul
Paul of Dune alternates between telling events of Paul-Muad'Dib's jihad 1 year and 4 year after the events of "Dune" and before "Dune Messiah" and background of Paul and what affected the Atreides clan as a 12 year old boy.

The good of this book is simply that the Dune story at this period is so great that any new background and insight is a joy for fans. The bad of this book is that while it attempts to fill-in between Frank's original novels it becomes just that that - boring historical backgro
Dan Braun
Dec 30, 2008 rated it really liked it
Hopefully the last of Dune. I have read them all. None were as good as "Dune". But then you can't beat the best.
Florin Constantinescu
So "Hunters of Dune" and "Sandworms of Dune" simply HAD to be written, and were VERY good. And I kinda understand why they did the okay-ish "House" trilogy, and then the good "Legends".
But for Pete's sake... why did we ever need this "bulge" or "inquel"? Enough had been written about Paul already. I didn't think there were any gaps that needed to be filled around the original Dune novel.
The novel is not badly written, and reading about these characters is always fun, but it's reached a point whe
Mark Henwick
Aug 16, 2012 rated it did not like it
Frank Herbert is spinning in his grave. I have read programming manuals that have engaged me more.
The *idea* is good, the writing is limp, and I just gave up.
Phillip Lozano
Feb 21, 2013 rated it did not like it
Only if the taste of puke on shit seems appetizing to you.
Apr 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson do their best job to capture the beauty of Frank Herbert's classic sci-fi, and in a lot of regards they do a good job. The writing style, although far less archaic and mesmerising, flows well and grips the reader. The biggest downfall is its decision to jump back and forth between present and past which feels a bit like the flow of one story is interrupted for the other. Still a highly enjoyable read and a worthy follow up to Dune.
Taylor Ellwood
Dec 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I enjoyed this book a lot. It fills in a gap between Dune and Dune Messiah and fleshes out all of the characters and their motivations accordingly. While its not absolutely necessary for enjoying the original Dune series, I think it enhances the original series and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys the original series.
Dora Milaje Crochet
Ugh possibly my least favorite of the Dune Universe by Brian Herbert and Kevin J Anderson. The attempt to lay the inconsistencies of their expanded universe on the original books is laughable and not in a good way.
Sep 12, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf
When I read Dune in the late ‘60s I was fascinated by the depiction of this future(?) society with it’s wonderful technologies mixed with it’s medieval intrigues. The Harkonnens were evil, the Corrinos were corrupt, and I rooted for the noble Atreides. The Bene Gesserits, the Spacing Guild, the Mentats, the Suk doctors, and the other groups provided a sturdy framework for the story.

Some of the echoes of our world were interesting, like The Orange Catholic Bible, and some were odd, li
Mar 02, 2014 rated it it was ok

Paul is too complex character for Brian's writeing skills so result is not attractive.

I had to push myself to finish it.

It should never existed.

Pročitano i jedva mala dvojčica, više -2.

Knjiga je kronološki smještena između Dune i Dune Messiah te pokušava objasniti nešto Paulovog Jihada, a druga polovica knjige nas vodi u Paulovu mladost s ćaćom Letom te razmiricama s Kućom Moritani (+ prikriveni Harkonneni) s jedne te Ecazima, Verniusima i Atreidisima
Nov 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
The cover blurb says this is a direct sequel to the original Dune book by Frank Herbert and it does fulfill that billing quite well. It follow Paul/Maud'dib as he mops up his conquest of the empire in sometimes brutal fashion while increasing the lore of his godlike presence. We see how his political wife Irulan becomes his biographer and we get to know more about some of the reluctant Dukes who try to thwart his rise to godhood. The final scene is terrific and really bridges into the second Dun ...more
Jun 05, 2011 rated it did not like it
Yet another book in the long-line of substandard, cash-grab Dune novels written by Brian Herbert and Kevin Anderson. However, I'm such a Dune nerd that when I saw the hardcover in B&N for only $5, I had to grab it. While their first trilogy (House Atreides, House Harkonnen, House Corrino) and second trilogy (Butlerian Jihad, Machine Crusade, Battle of Corrin) were at least cohesize and had somewhat gripping plots that expanded the Dune universe, this novel is unfocused and mostly uninteresti ...more
Lauren Magoon
Jan 29, 2010 rated it liked it

This was a good "Gee, I wonder what happened between...." type of book. I honestly liked it, but it wasn't the best new Dune book that I've read.

In the original Dune novels, or in the TV mini-series, for that matter, there's a considerable gap in time between books. One story ends with Paul defeating the Emperor of the Known Universe, and the next story starts with him firmly entrenched as a god/dictator with this whole religion that's grown up around him. However, we really don't know how all

Sep 03, 2009 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: no one
I felt embarrassed reading this book. I wasn't sure who for... for myself? For Herbert? Or for the authors? Buying this book was my part in the Cash for Clunkers program when I handed over my credit card to buy this clunky piece of work: Like a good GM, it was shiny on the outside but after a few miles it squeaked, pulled to one side, the radio was stuck on one station and then all the wheels fell off as the engine exploded.

On the cover its a 'sequel', but in reality it's played as two books: I
Oct 01, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2000-2009
it starts off awfully YA'ish. fun. nothing impressive. but fun. i had set my expectations pretty low, so i was quite happy with the fact things weren't getting completely f'd up.

but then it turns into a godawful mess.


"Leto was honor and honor the honor and rules. Rules were honor and respect and honor. Honor, rules, honor, honor rules."

“Good old-fashioned bloodshed,” Gurney said. “If that's what he wants, then we'll give it to him."

"Honor. Surrender by rules and honor justice rules and honor.
Kevin O'Donovan
Sep 23, 2016 rated it did not like it
I thought that the two dimensional characters, dreadful dialogue and apparently non-existent editing in the initial three Butlerian Jihad books would be impossible to surpass in Brian's extension of his father's work, but it seems I was wrong. With "Paul of Dune" he has gone beyond that. Every character feels so jarringly wrong that I found it impossible to read the book with any enjoyment. I'd expected the book to fill out the time between Dune and Messiah, but in reality it was little more tha ...more
Jan 05, 2009 rated it liked it
I really liked this book. I was especially impressed by Irulan and very pleased that Herbert and Anderson expanded on the character. I developed a real sympathy for her because despite the fact that she is a wife in name only, she loves her husband in her own way and is content to serve as the observer and chronicler of his life and times. The thing that I didn't like, however, was how Chani was pictured in the book. We know that Paul was utterly devoted to her, but in this part of the story the ...more
Jun 15, 2014 rated it did not like it
This is more like "fan fiction" than a proper addition to the Dune cannon. It's as if the authors merely skimmed the original material for names and places, but never actually read the books. The characters are hollow wheels f the originals and at times even contradict things from the original books.

I went straight from re-reading Dune into this book and was bitterly disappointed. The styles was so different, the characters were si different, everything was so different I had to force myself to
Kara Herron
Mar 09, 2014 rated it it was ok
Unless you absolutely need a new Dune book to read, don't bother.
Adds parts of story lines that are fully established and adds things to them or changes them.
I'm becoming totally disenchanted by all the new Dune books, and if it wasn't for the fact that I had already paid for the next one coming out in a few days, I doubt if I would have put out the money for it.
They are writing these just for the money because they know that people like myself will buy books written in the "Duniverse"
Brian Herb
Feb 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
The major thing that struck me about the novel was that Irulan seemed different from the Irulan portrayed in the original series.

In the original series, I thought Irulan came across as being a bit incompetent, to be honest. Always scheming and plotting but never actually getting anything done. I didn't really find her likable, though I didn't dislike her either.

In Paul of Dune, she actually seems more accepting of her fate. She doesn't try to get Paul into her bed and she's embraced her role as
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